So first for a little background story: a company called FRE Skincare contacted me over two years ago and asked if I would try out their products in return for an honest review of my experience with them on Instagram. For those who have never heard of FRE, they are the first skincare company to specialize their products for women who workout (aka for people who sweat a lot). This review was written just 2 weeks after trying Fre for the first time, and to this day (over a year later) I still have not used a single other skincare product on my face. It’s that effective.
Honestly, the first thing that came to mind was “free products – why not.” So I gave them my info and kind of forgot about it until the kit arrived at my house. Flash forward a few weeks to me writing this post right now… thank GOD I said yes because I’m literally OBSESSED with it now and don’t think I’ll ever use another skincare product ever again. They didn’t even ask that I write a blog post about it and I am so that’s just sayin something.
And that’s kind of crazy for me to say that I’m “obsessed” with a skincare product. For my entire life I used the basic Neutrogena or like store brand cleansers and lotions, never really giving it a second thought. I would break out sometimes and literally just tough it out without even considering changing my skin routine.
Part of why I didn’t want to look into new products or try a different routine is because I always assumed that these “fancy” skincare lines involved a bazillion steps that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with or that just wouldn’t be worth my time. In my eyes “all skincare products were created equal.” K Katelyn, ur dumb. Oh, and most of them were ridiculously expensive and I didn’t want anything to do with that either.
My entire routine involved putting lotion/moisturizer on in the morning, washing my face with a cleanser in the shower, and put lotion on after my shower. And I was not about to add any more steps to my day than I had to. With workouts, class, my business, relationships, blogging, social life, homework, and every other thing happening in my life, I was not about to spend another second worrying about “just another skincare product.”
So the day comes when I get my 123FRE kit in the mail, and it comes in this cute little box with a toiletry bag and everything so I start getting excited because I’m a sucker for packaging and it all looks so nice and professional and cute.
The 123FRE kit comes with 3 products:
- Protect Me: a moisturizer that you put on before your workout that helps protect and hydrate your skin while sweating. It’s also hypoallergenic, water resistant, is SPF30 and helps prevent dark spots.
- Purify Me: a facial cleanser to help exfoliate and hydrate skin after your intense workouts by removing dead cells, oils and impurities.
- Revive Me: a replenishing serum to put on after you use the cleanser that helps replenish moisture and vitamins as well as regenerates collagen and your cells.
So in simple terms they sent me a lotion I put on in the morning, a cleanser to wash my face in the shower, and a different lotion to put on after my shower. No extra steps needed!! It’s almost like they already knew my entire routine. So cool.
Next, they have a facial mask called Detox Me which is a post-workout moisturizing/clearing mask that I am thoroughly OBSESSED with now too! It helps prevent post-workout acne and breakouts, and unclog pores from all the sweat.
Their newly launched body line is FANTASTIC too. Complete with:
- Body wash Purify Body
- Dry body oil, Glow Body
- Body lotion with SPF30, Protect Body
Recover Me, takes the cake though. This is their night time restorative cream and I legit look forward to my night routine now just because I get to put this on my face. This 3 in 1 treatment is a simple serum that you put on after washing your face that helps to clear, fight UV damage and hydrate your skin overnight. Again, such a simple product & my favorite to date!
Now that I was content with the fact that I could just replace my old crappy products with these new “legit” ones without changing my routine, it was go time. I was about to go workout so I put the moisturizer on and headed to the gym. My workout that day was a 30 minute Peloton ride so I started sweating immediately (if you’ve ever tried the Peloton bike classes, you know what I mean). The more I sweat, the more incredible my face felt – I was literally touching my face the whole ride because my skin felt so healthy and smooth. And that was like 30 minutes after I put the first product on for the first time. It was already working wonders.
After my workout I took a shower and used the cleanser and again was shocked with how clean and vibrant it made my face feel. Then I used the serum after the shower and AGAIN loved everything about that product too. From the first day, I was hooked.
Over the past year or so I’ve been using Fre products every day and things have just gotten better from there. I’m normally the girl who picks at any little thing on their face and just makes it worse, but there hasn’t even been anything to pick at anymore! My skin has never felt so smooth, so healthy or so hydrated, and I don’t think I’ll ever switch to anything else.
Now for a few other awesome facts!:
- FRE is 100% vegan and cruelty free
- For every skincare set sold, an Argan tree is planted to empower women in communities that harvest Argan in Morocco and fight deforestation
- Their products are made of a unique blend of Argan oil, Argan leaf water extract and Argan stem cells
- The entire kit lasts more than 3 months!
FRE is a MUST skincare routine for women that sweat. Use the code KSF for 15% off any product or FRE set at any time, at www. freskincare.com/KSF! I promise, you’ll love the way your skin looks & feels.